Sierra Health Foundation and The Center


Fresno, California

Date Posted

February 7, 2020

Job Category

The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund (SJVHF) Program Officer will be based out of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation’s office in Fresno and will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation and management of the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund program. The Program Officer will support San Joaquin Valley Health Fund community partners to build their capacity for policy and systems change and advance policy priorities. The Program Officer will coordinate hub functions, monitor community partners’ grant activities, facilitate learning, communications and networking opportunities among community partners, and leverage and strengthen relationships with community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, public sector institutions and agencies, community leaders, and other funders to advance health, well-being and equity in the San Joaquin Valley region consistent with San Joaquin Valley Health Fund goals.


Planning, sharing and supporting learning and capacity building opportunities for the community partners.

Planning, sharing and supporting advocacy opportunities with the community partners intended to advance the SJVHF policy platform.

Facilitating and supporting the work of the SJVHF policy committees, including 1) supporting the policy sub-committees, the governance sub-committee and the Equity on the Mall planning committee; 2) supporting the policy platform annual update by the community partners, 3) supporting regional policy forums and Equity on the Mall (in coordination with logistics/communications consultants), and 4) supporting the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Executive Committee.

Developing with community partners the SJVHF initiative strategies and engaging organizations within the funding region for strategic opportunities to implement the initiatives. In addition, the Program Officer will work with the program team and other departments to develop, strengthen and implement the program’s internal processes to better serve the community partners and the goals of the SJVHF.

Participating in the grantmaking aspects of the SJVHF grants program. This includes working with the Program and Admin/Finance Teams to review and assess proposals, monitor grant work, and conduct due diligence, i.e. site visits of pending and active projects.

Managing grants/contracts from funders and consultants under the direction of the Director of Regional Programs. This includes, as assigned, acting as the liaison with the funders, monitoring and ensuring funder contract/award obligations are met, meeting funder reporting requirements and interfacing with other Foundation departments on related issues.

Under the direction of the Director of Regional Programs, assisting in the funder partner cultivation for SJVHF. Where assigned, work with other Foundation and Center staff to prepare grant applications for additional funding.

Assisting community applicants in improving proposal quality and providing constructive critical analysis of strengths and weaknesses of funding proposals, workplans and reports related to SJVHF supported work.

Providing coordination and direction with technical assistance providers and grantees to ensure maximum impact and value where SJVHF resources have been provided.

Working with the Director of Regional Programs, Evaluation Director and other members of senior management to develop and implement an evaluation plan for San Joaquin Valley initiatives.

Working with the Director of Regional Programs, Communication Officers and management to develop and implement a communication strategy for SJVHF.

Providing and coordinating technical assistance to community partners and grantees that is responsive to demonstrated needs. This includes convening, coordinating and leading workshops and roundtable discussions informed by community partner input.

Building and strengthening relationships with community partner grantees to better understand the challenges and opportunities they face in their respective areas of focus in advancing SJVHF goals.

Building strategic alliances with key public officials, Foundation stakeholders and community partners to advance the Foundation’s goals and initiatives.

Representing the Foundation and The Center at public forums, committees and other venues.

Actively participating in capturing, developing, sharing and effectively using knowledge.

Acting as a subject matter expert and resource for SJVHF, especially as it relates to systems-level changes that result in promoting health equity and reducing health disparities in the San Joaquin Valley. This requires attending meetings and conferences, as well as reviewing articles and research.

Preparing briefings and background papers on selected topics. This includes coordinating external partnerships and consultants, research, preparing the content and overseeing final production.

Initiating and overseeing specific projects for the Foundation or The Center as assigned by the Director of Regional Programs.

Coordinating the planning and management of all SJVHF grants program virtual and in-person statewide, regional and general meetings, informed by community partner input.

Maintaining an understanding of project implementation challenges and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

Enabling ongoing communication about program partners by organizing and managing regular conference calls and coordinating regular electronic updates.

Working collaboratively with other Center staff in quality assurance processes.

Serving as staff lead for Equity on the Mall and SJVHF regional policy convenings, working closely with Director of Regional Programs, other Center and Foundation staff, event coordination and communications consultants, and community partners.

Performing other duties as required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in health policy, public health, community development, public administration, or a related field, and five to seven years of experience in health-related program or policy arena.
  • Demonstrated significant experience coordinating multi-party collaboratives and/or collective impact models with a policy and systems change and/or community power building focus with documented impact
  • Demonstrated experience advancing equity, building organizational and community capacity and working with low income, immigrant and communities of color for sustainable change that advanced health and equity
  • At least three-five years’ experience in philanthropy as a grant maker, grants administrator, and/or grantee preferred.
  • At least five years of experience specifically in state and/or local policy – ideally with community health or equity as a focus.
  • Strong demonstrated, commitment to achieving racial and health equity.
  • Familiarity with the San Joaquin Valley region, the SJVHF partners, and/or community-driven collaborative models is a plus.

Language Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, presentation and group facilitation skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common financial reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries, regulatory agencies or members of the business community and policy makers.
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or Board of Directors.
  • Ability to speak, read and write in another language, preferably Spanish, Punjabi or Hmong.

Computer Skills

Must be proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office, Outlook, database software, and internet use.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a current valid driver’s license and be insurable under the Foundation’s insurance policy. Must have a reliable vehicle to perform various in-field tasks.

Other REQUIRED Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and promote public policy initiatives, and expertise in dealing with policymakers, policy advocates, and the media.
  • Understanding of the difference between policy advocacy and grassroots and direct lobbying.
  • Understanding of movement building and intersectionality and how change happens among historically disenfranchised communities
  • Broad knowledge of public health, including federal, state and county policy issues.
  • Knowledge and understanding of social determinant and equity approaches with diverse cultural and linguistic populations.
  • Strong appreciation for the importance of partnership strategies to affect public policy and promote health equity in California.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituencies and build consensus among a large group of diverse stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience with program development, implementation and evaluation methods, health promotion and policy, and general management concepts.
  • Effective leadership, project management, budgeting, and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Must be able to work in a team and highly skilled in working collaboratively with co-workers and organizational partners (i.e. effectively applying active listening, diplomacy, and consensus-building skills, negotiating roles and responsibilities with internal and external colleagues).
  • Must be well organized, with excellent time management skills, and able to manage multiple projects involving a variety of internal and external collaborators.
  • Must be flexible and able to perform in a fast-paced organization.
  • Must be able to work independently and as a self-starter.
  • Must be able to work in a small office setting.
  • Ability and willingness to travel regionally and to and from The Center’s headquarter in Sacramento approximately 20% of the time.

Application Process

Date Posted


About the Organization

Launched in 2014, the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund aims to make the San Joaquin Valley a healthier place to live, work and prosper by strengthening the capacity of communities and organizations to advance program, policy and systems change efforts to promote community health.

In consultation with funding partners and San Joaquin Valley leaders, the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund focuses on addressing health disparities and factors that impact health, such as health access, education, employment, housing, open space, neighborhood safety and other drivers of health outcomes, through capacity building, advocacy and community engagement.

The program is managed by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation with support from 20 funding partners.